Useful Links

Information about Inverclyde:

Inverclyde Alliance Single Outcome Agreement 2012-2017

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2012

Inverclyde Local Summary SIMD Statistics 2012

How deprived is your area?

Scotland ONS Statistics (2011 census) – you can search for Inverclyde statistics

Scottish Government statistics giving a picture of Scotland's economy and society

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics which give an overview of health, education, poverty, unemployment, housing, population, crime and social/community issues in your postcode area:

National Records of Scotland Inverclyde Area Demographic Factsheet

Inverclyde Council Community Planning

UK-wide Giving Statistics 2012
Download free from:

SCVO State of the Scottish Voluntary Sector 2012

Fundraising Law

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)

Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005

The Charities and Benevolent Fundraising (Scotland) Regulations 2009

Fundraising Best Practice

Institute of Fundraising

Code of Fundraising Practice

Useful information on Fundraising from IoF:
Help for Small Charities: offers videos, webinars, information (all free)

5 minute Fundraiser videos – everything you need to know to get you started in a range of fundraising activities and techniques:

Fundraising Guidance:

Fundraising ideas, suggestions, templates, events calendar, case studies, 'how to' guides:

Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB)

Tax-effective Giving

Guidance on maximising tax effectiveness of giving by individuals

Gift Aid

HMRC Gift Aid Toolkit: There are 12 helpsheets which explain the basics and answer some frequently asked questions about Gift Aid:
Helpsheet 1: What is Gift Aid?
Helpsheet 2: What is a Gift Aid declaration?
Helpsheet 3: What can I claim Gift Aid on?
Helpsheet 4: What is a benefit for Gift Aid purposes?
Helpsheet 5: Do I need to keep records of Gift Aid donations?
Helpsheet 6: Is my charity a trust or a company?
Helpsheet 7: Community Amateur Sports Clubs
Helpsheet 8: How do I run a sponsored event and claim Gift Aid?
Helpsheet 9: How do I claim Gift Aid and how often can I claim?
Helpsheet 10: How should I list donations on the schedule?
Helpsheet 11: What are the time limits for claiming Gift Aid?
Helpsheet 12: What happens if my charity is selected for a Gift Aid audit?
Available to download in pdf format (free) from:

There are also model Gift Aid declaration forms and Sponsorship Gift Aid forms available to download.

Maximise income from Gift Aid by making sure that you claim in the following particular situations:
• Educational trusts
• Educational school trips
• Church collections
• Membership subscriptions
• Adventure fundraising events: sponsorship payments and Gift Aid
• Claiming Gift Aid on donations that attract a right of admission to view charity property
• Charity auctions
• Voluntary workers' expenses
• Claiming Gift Aid when goods are sold by, and the proceeds donated to, charities
• Charity events
Information available:

Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme:
Maximising Gift Aid on donations of less than £20 from individuals – without having to complete a Gift Aid declaration.

Payroll Giving


Giving by Business

Benchmarking Fundraising Performance


Gimme. Gimme, Gimme
A guide to fundraising for small charities. Published by NFPSynergy (Dec 2011)

The External Funding Environment (Trusts and Foundations)

Scotland Funders' Forum

Scottish Grant-Making Trusts Group

Scotland Funders' Forum, publication 2012, free to download:
Beneath the Radar investing in small community organisations

Association of Charitable Foundations

Research Briefing: Charitable Trusts and Foundations' engagement in the social investment market Published Oct 2013 Free to download from


Taking nothing for granted: a research report into what charities think a model grant-maker looks like. Published July 2012 Free to download from

Measuring Social Impact:

Evaluation Support Scotland


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